Brady (Brady Jandreau) is a rising rodeo star suffering from a traumatic head injury sustained in the ring. Though he longs to climb back in the saddle, Brady finds himself torn between the macho allure of cowboy life and obligations to his widowed father and autistic sister (both played by Jandreau’s real-life family members). During visits with Lane—a paraplegic ex-rodeo star—and amid struggles to train an ornery horse, Brady is forced to face a life outside of the ring.
Chloé Zhao’s follow-up to SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME is another outstanding drama documenting life on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Zhao’s expressive use of color and composition captures the crackling campfires and lonely beauty of the desert landscape, refiguring the masculine tropes of the western. Anchored by Jandreau’s vulnerable, moving performance, THE RIDER balances vérité naturalism with lyrical images to craft an introspective elegy for a vanishing way of life.
After debuting at the Cannes Film Festival, THE RIDER has racked up awards at festivals around the world and has been picked up for distribution in the Netherlands by Cherry Pickers Filmdistributie. See it at our free sneak preview, before it premieres in Dutch cinemas on April 19th. Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/UUjiFmrgouY
Directed by Chloé Zhao, 2018, USA, I04 mins. In English w/ Dutch subtitles.
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